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Indonesia joins forces with other producers to fight anti-palm oil campaign

Adrian Wail Akhlas The Jakarta Post  Wed, November 20, 2019

Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto (second left) and Malaysian Primary Industries Minister Theresa Kok (center) attend a press briefing at a ministerial meeting of palm oil producing countries in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. (The Jakarta Post/Adrian Wail Akhlas)(The Jakata Post/Adrian Wail Akhlas)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Palm oil-producing countries Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Honduras, Nigeria, and Thailand have agreed to cooperate in facing the growing campaign against palm oil and to promote sustainability of palm oil production to increase exports of the commodity.

The agreement was made during a ministerial meeting of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in his address at International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition that Malaysia and other producing countries should not hesitate to take countermeasures if importing countries decided to impose discriminatory trade barriers.

“If there is any evidence that such discriminatory trade practices are in violation of any international laws, Malaysia and other producing countries under the CPOPC must seek intervention from the WTO,” he said.


From: THE JAKARTA POST (INDONESIA) November 20, 2019

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